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    Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Chromebook 303c

    I tried to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu Software Center. I searched for "virtualbox" on the Software Center, it came up, I clicked on it, and it said this "There isn't a software package called “virtualbox-qt” in your current software sources." Is there a way to add a software source or could someone help me add a software source so I can install it in Software Center, I really don't wanna use terminal, besides every time I try to install something, it just doesn't. Please help

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    Re: Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Chromebook 303c

    Save yourself lots of confusion by getting vbox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads instead of through the Software Center. The SC version is woefully out of date; Oracle's official site is always up to date, and even includes instructions for adding a PPA to your system so that it gets automatic updating whenever a new version becomes available.

    Usually it's best to stay with the distro's repositories, but vbox is a notable exception.
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    Re: Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Chromebook 303c

    I'm afraid you're not lucky. First of all, the Chromebook (is it a Samsung?) almost certainly runs on a ARM-processor, and there aren't any Virtualbox-packages for that processor in the repos. I'm not sure which VM does run on ARM, but you might try Qemu.
    Secondly, a notebook with those specs won't be particularly equipped to run a VM, especially if the guest needs a lot of horsepower and memory, like e.g. Windows. A lean linux distro (e.g. Lubuntu) might run ok, but you'll have to try that.

    Edit: just found this, which might help as well: http://superuser.com/questions/50977...ubuntu-lubuntu
    Last edited by mlentink; September 23rd, 2013 at 06:20 PM.
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    Re: Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Chromebook 303c

    Quote Originally Posted by JKyleOKC View Post
    Save yourself lots of confusion by getting vbox from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads instead of through the Software Center. The SC version is woefully out of date; Oracle's official site is always up to date, and even includes instructions for adding a PPA to your system so that it gets automatic updating whenever a new version becomes available.

    Usually it's best to stay with the distro's repositories, but vbox is a notable exception.
    +1

    Here's the download location in case you're interested: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.2.18/

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    Re: Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Chromebook 303c

    Quote Originally Posted by slickymaster View Post
    +1

    Here's the download location in case you're interested: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.2.18/

    Could you please point out the ARM versions to me? AFAIK Virtualbox does NOT run on ARM-processors. The OP has a Chromebook 303c which is, I think, a Samsung equipped with an Exynos (=ARM) processor.
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    Re: Installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a Chromebook 303c

    Quote Originally Posted by mlentink View Post
    Could you please point out the ARM versions to me? AFAIK Virtualbox does NOT run on ARM-processors.
    No I can't. As you correctly put it, we can't run VirtualBox on ARM CPUs. The closest possible is QEMU, but performance will be hopelessly slow.
    Quote Originally Posted by mlentink View Post
    The OP has a Chromebook 303c which is, I think, a Samsung equipped with an Exynos (=ARM) processor.
    When I posted my previous download link I didn't have the slightest idea that his Chromebook is equipped with an ARM processor, which now thanks to your information I do.

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